Just down the road from Charlotte is the town of Mt. Pleasant. No more than a year ago this farming community was home to little more than a What-A-Burger and a bunch of fishing holes. (The Avett Brothers are officially from Concord) Now a new industry has sprung up, and it’s what our country grandparents always warned us about, booze! Southern Grace Distillery has taken up home in the old prison as their bonded manufacturing facility. We were hosted by owner, Leanne Powell, and head distiller, Sebastian Correa, on a private tour to check out the revamped cell blocks and hot box. This jail has become a tourist destination for Mt. Pleasant and it is worth the trip. Thanks to updated NC alcohol laws you can now purchase up to 5 bottles of their bourbon or whiskey at the company store and they host monthly late night ghost tours! We then traveled no more than a couple of miles up the road to Downtown Mt. Pleasant and to the home of 73 & Main, a new upscale steak and bourbon restaurant. Majority owned by local Dr. Allen Dobson, who we were privileged to have join our table us for dinner and a bourbon sampling, this restaurant was designed to bring the locals what they desired. We were treated to fine steaks, exceptional seafood and an impressive appetizer sampler paired with Southern Grace bourbon inspired cocktails and an all NC tap list. GM Anthony Misuraca explained our dishes and drinks just like you would expect from a big city establishment and was a refreshing taste of service that the rural parts of the county have long struggled with. Southern Grace and 73 & Main should be commended for what they bring to their small town and are sure to be examples for small business for years to come.
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